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  • Writer's pictureCandice Newman

5 Best Hikes In the Inland Empire

This weather is perfect for two things, summer gardening and hiking. I have put together a list of 5 of the best hiking trails in and around the Inland Empire if you want to get out and explore!

1. The Claremont Wilderness Trail is a gateway to adventure and other, more rugged trails, one of which eventually ascends Mt. Baldy. However, the section most popular with sports enthusiasts is roughly 5-miles, fairly balanced in terms of uphill and downhill stretches. Overall, the hike is moderate to difficult depending on your fitness level. Good trail shoes or light hiking boots are recommended, and a small day pack could carry additional fluids. In warmer months plan to start by 8:00AM

2. The North Etiwanda Preserve is considered an easy/moderate hike! Around 3.5-4 miles, round trip, at the start of the trail, take the middle fork, and then follow the trail as it curves to the left. The path is mainly rock and dirt. I would recommend wearing hiking boots if you have them, just for extra ankle support, as there is an incline to the falls. The trail is mainly hills and shrubs - but don't give up, there's a waterfall at the end (it's hidden behind the mountain)! Due to parking being a little tricky, it is best to start this hike early in the morning as the parking lot gets a bit jammed as the day gets later.

3. The Pacific Electric Trail is an easy trail to do for any age. It is paved and spans several cities from Fontana through Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Claremont, La Verne and Pomona covering about 21 miles. There are many entry points for this trail-which makes parking a breeze, it is well lit, easily accessible, plenty of shaded spots and is great for walking, biking, and bringing your dog! I enjoy going on this trail because I can set the tone as to how far I want to go. I have not walked the entire trail in one trip yet, but that may just have to be a summer bucket list item for me!

4. The Michael D Antonvich Trail is a beautiful hiking trail in the San Dimas Mountains. This 6 mile (round trip) hike will feel serene and relaxing with all the vegetation and streams throughout. Be prepared with extra socks and shoes as you will probably get wet walking through the streams-they are not too deep (ankle deep); just enough to get your shoes wet. Some portions are a little difficult (narrow, tree roots, streams) and other portions are flat and wide. There are lots of shaded areas so you will feel some relief during the hot summer days.

5. Horsethief Canyon Park hiking trail is located in Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas, and although a short hike (1.3 miles), the views at the top are spectacular. I enjoy coming here early in the morning or just before sunset!

Hey Inland Empire, I’m Candice Newman! I’ve had the incredible fortune of being born and raised in this amazing community, and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I currently live in Alta Loma with my husband, Jonathan, our son, Trevor, and our dog, Ruger! I’m a real estate agent with a passion for finding new places to explore in the Foothill Communities. When I'm not selling homes, you can find me cheering my son on at his baseball games, exercising, spending time in our local mountains, heading to the lake, cooking, or watching the Dodgers slay the Giants (I was born and raised an Angels fan, but the Dodgers have taken over the household!). I'll never have enough Mexican food and Italian food in my life. I’m looking forward to connecting with you soon! See you around town! | (909)367-3280 DRE: 01924842

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